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Alum named 2016 Game Changer by Workforce Magazine

October 19, 2016 Author: Sam Kimmel, Strategic Communications Major Tags: Academics , Business and Communications

Jason Hite, a 2002 Management graduate, was featured in the cover article of the August edition of Workforce Magazine as one of the recipients of the  “2016 Game Changer Award.” The award is given to those who are “changing the game” of the business that they work in professionally by taking strides and maintaining success.

Workforce Magazine August Cover Spotlight At only 37 years of age, Jason finds himself as the Vice President of Human Capital Management for Xcelerate Solutions. Xcelerate Solutions is company located out of McLean, Virgina that works with government agencies and other companies to figure out how they can be more successful. They work fast with clients to make sure to eliminate any “bottlenecks” in their process. Hite’s success did not start here though.

 A former track and field athlete, here at Saint Francis, Hite graduated with a degree in Management before moving on to obtain a HR Management certification from George Mason University. Hite later found himself at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland where he would go on to graduate with a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management.

 “My overall experience at St. Francis University (SFU) was great.  I think it was the perfect university (size, location, faculty and staff) for me to start my academic career,” Hite said. “During my time at SFU I kept very busy and was involved in a number of different activities.  I was on the SFU track and field team, a Resident Assistant (junior and senior years) and was a part of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) club.  The combination of those activities provided me a great opportunity to meet and interact with a variety of people both inside and outside of SFU.”

Jason Hite Since leaving Saint Francis, Hite has gone on to make a name for himself in the business world. Starting as a human resources representative for Morey’s Piers in 2001 and later would work for the U.S. House of Representatives for almost 10 years, eventually becoming a chief HR officer.

 “Working at the House of Representatives was truly an opportunity of a lifetime,” Jason added.  “For almost 10 years I worked in the nation’s legislative nerve center and interacted with some amazing people.  I can truly say no day was the same over those 10 years.  One day I would be briefing the Speaker of the House’s Director of Operations on an initiative and the next day I would be negotiating a contract with one of the Office the CAO’s unions, the list goes on and on.  It was truly a 24/7 (24 hours a day/7 days a week) job.  The House of Representatives is always working, even when they are not in session.  Conference calls at midnight and then again at 4:00 A.M. were not uncommon depending on the time of year.  Votes, events, emergencies, etc. do not stop for a break or holiday, there are activities going on around the clock.  But, saying all of that, I loved it.  I felt it was an honor to be in the role that I was and supporting the legislative process in the United States.  My ‘take away from the experience’ can be summed up in one sentence.  You have to learn as much as you can (good, bad or indifferent) about an organization (internal and external) and have keen emotional intelligence in order to be successful in a leadership role. Having that awareness enables to you to understand the organizational culture and know what has and has not worked in the past (and understand the who, what, when, why, where and how, about the reasons it did or did not work).  Or, as some told me once, it is the process of developing your ‘Spidey senses’ in the organization.” 

Jason was a major in the physical therapy program as a freshman, but had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Randy Frye and realized that his future was destined for Human Resources. Since making the transition, Jason has found plenty of success that paved his way to where he is now.

 “I believe the key to my success at Xcelerate Solutions goes back to what I mentioned early.  I continuously scan the organization (internally and externally).  The organizational culture, the trends within its sector/industry, and the current events and activities that could impact the business.  With that knowledge and information, I have tried to develop HR practices that are best for the organization.  I think it is important as an HR executive to be able to serve as a trusted adviser to the leadership team and CEO, while simultaneously supporting the entire organization.   With all of that said, I couldn’t have achieved any of that without the excellent team that I have.  I feel very fortunate to work with some amazing professionals.  Our HR Manager (Sharon Brown) and Kirby Costello (HR Generalist), are two of the best HR professionals I have met.  Their efforts go beyond just providing human resource services.  They work tirelessly to ensure that the entire ‘employee experience’ is the best that it can be.”

 Jason has had plenty of support along the way and wanted to make sure he took a moment to give his appreciation to those that have been there for him. “First, and foremost, my family.  My mother and father are the cornerstones of who I am today. Their advice and support over the last 37 years has been the guiding light for the journey that I am on.  My wife and daughter keep me centered every day, and without them I’d be lost.  They make me laugh, they cheer me on, and they are always there for me.  Next, without a doubt, I would definitely have to say my professors at both St. Francis University and Edinburgh Napier University (ENU).  While at SFU the entire business school helped me on my professional path.  Professors like Dr. Frye, Dr. Rager, Dr. McInay and Roxanne Hogue didn’t just treat you like a student, they wanted to see you succeed personally.  In return, you wanted to succeed and didn’t want to let them down.  At ENU the entire business school was a great support while I was living overseas and continue to be a significant part of my life today.” 

While having plenty of success thus far, Jason still sees even greater potential in his future.

“As my wife would say I’m always chasing that next professional high.  I think there is going to be a significant shift/revolution in the human resources field.  Technology is advancing at an exponential pace and the people aspects of business are even more critical today.  We need to truly think of innovative ideas in both of those areas moving forward, and I want to be at the forefront of that thought leadership.  Currently I’m studying for a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at Edinburgh Napier University, focusing on research around the intersection of human resources, organizational behavior or cybersecurity. 

Over the next 10 years I see myself pursuing a path combined with more HR executive roles and teaching (at the university level), and who knows maybe even starting a consulting firm.  Then again, who knows, maybe we will sell everything and move to the beach.” 

Jason Hite with Family

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